Autodesk Revit

Type of Users

Every day I receive many emails from “virtual friends” whom I´m use to writing with quite frequently but also new followers on Twitter, Linkedin, Facebook and others. They are use to asking me many diferent questions but almost are about AutoCAD or Revit. 

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Some emails surprise me, because it is people who seem more concerned to get a certificate, diploma or to demonstrate years experience they have with the software. 
I’m not saying it’s wrong, but in many cases I don´t understand. Some of them even auto value more for doing self-learning, as if that had any special merit against doing a course at an academy or college. I´d like to break some myths in this article, especially to try to explain you the importance of “I” have not room in IT. Type of Users When a user has been using many years a software, the first thing is to say I’m a advanced user. If that person is an architect and used AutoCAD for 15 to 20 years say it is advanced or expert with this software. Obviously 20 years have used a software as applied to a specific area such as architecture will generate a lot of experience. There is no doubt. Now, being an expert in that software just for that, the truth is no. Most times it is not. 

A person with some training in engineering, architecture or draftsman who has just finished a serious course of AutoCAD is possible that know more than the architect who has 20 years of experinece using AutoCAD. Why is it possible? Simply beacuse the architect has been working with similar problems during 20 years and thereby applying the same solutions. It is almost impossible to have upgraded to all new versions of AutoCAD every year, and while aware of the existence of most of the most relevant (annotative objects, Dynamic Blocks, Paper Space) is 40% likely that neither even have a template (Template) personalized. It is like to draw the carpentry drawings in the same way that he did 10 or 15 years ago or use the shading just like he did with AutoCAD 2000. An advanced user, is someone who is able to know the answers to most common questions without turning the PC. It happens only having combined for a minimum period of four years, the theory and practice. 

This is only achieved by teaching and working as a draftsman, architect, engineer, etc.. When one combines theory and practice, not only improves your knowledge about the software, also knows the improvements applying it to their daily work more often and get to improve those skills. It feeds on itself, because he will be better teacher, and better at drawing. Only a person who manages training and applied work can be advanced user. Even if you stop teaching for a long period (five years) will fall back on the use of the techniques that best suit “his” work and will lose capabilities in general topics. Although always advanced, will lose capabilities in some areas. Especially in the news and how to apply them in their daily work. Now, being expert is someone who not only knows the answers to the problems, but is also able to know what are the questions. Staying at that level, never losing the combination involves training / application. Give, receive and apply. That´s why I invite all who wish to move to a higher level of knowledge, not to store their knowledge to them. 

Since we know much more when they start telling others what they know. Because at that time, doubts arise, learn to answer and then see to be expert is the way one tends to, but to get a job involves daily, 365 days a year. Being an expert is someone who can respond to a German, and an American without knowing any of the two languages. Just seeing a couple of pictures, you already know what the question and therefore the answer. When you get to that level, you are an expert. This applies to any software. Even any technical discipline. Why would it be different with AutoCAD? AN IDEA FOR ALL THE STUDIES OF ARCHITECTURE AND ENGINEERING TECHNICAL OR OFFICES overall. An employee of the company, every 15 days should teach to his workmates about a different issue. Could be 3 employees and each of them could teach, during 30 minutes, topics or news about the software that they are use to using or other similar. For example, an office that is using AutoCAD and are thinking about switching to a BIM, an employee could teach, during 30 or 45 minutes, Revit on Friday. This technique forces to the office to be updated, hasn´t got any cost, makes employees are motivated, updated and improved productivity. The fact to prepare the class (30 minutes or 45 minutes) requires study and prepare it along the week. And with “Fundación Tripartita” (in Spain), that employee could learn “free” and teach to their colleagues what he has already learned. The act of teaching is not to save a teacher, is to acquire theory and practice is the only way to reinforce new knowledge. Learning and teaching at the same time. 

The result, is to keep updated to the team, and all of them will be concerned during the week on how to apply what they learned the previous Friday. The results are excellent in a short-term and all of them win.

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